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The Lady in the Van coming to Aylesbury Waterside Theatre 24 ' 28 Apr. Karl Andre Photography
The Lady in the Van coming to Aylesbury Waterside Theatre 24 ' 28 Apr. Karl Andre Photography

If you haven’t been to Aylesbury Waterside Theatre yet, then try to catch the Alan Bennett’s Lady In The Van – which is showing until Saturday (and will only cost you £10 for a ‘cheap’ ticket),

The incredibly funny, unusual and quirky play opened at the venue on Tuesday – and is worth going to see if you are yet to catch a show at the venue (in the personal view of Bucks Herald entertainment reporter Andrew Kay).

The Lady in the Van is based on the true story of a woman who parked in the writers garden for 15 years. The show features a much larger cast than you expect along with excellent visuals and real vans. The story might sound dull (a woman parked in a van), but it is actually one of the most captivating and amusing shows to come to the Waterside in some time. Click here for more details

Below are some of the other highlights on offer this weekend across the Vale, Thame and Tring (for a comprehensive seven-day guide pick up a copy of this week’s Bucks Herald).

FRIDAY

Comedy

Comedian Patrick Monahan blends his energetic style with engaging stories of his Irish, Iranian and Teeside heritage at Aylesbury’s Limelight Theatre. Show starts at 8pm. For more details visit www.patrickmonahan.co.uk

Live music

Live music at the Broad Leys Pub in Wendover Road, Aylesbury. Starts at 9pm on the last Friday of each month.

SATURDAY

Live music

Transatlantic folk and roots duo made up of Dan Cassidy (brother of the late Eva Cassidy) and James Hickman at Aylesbury’s Limelight Theatre from 8pm. For more details visit www.hickmanandcassidy.co.uk

Choral works of all-English music performed by Great Missenden Choral Society accompanied by St John’s Chamber Orchestra with soloists Bradley Thomas, Lance Pierson and Eloisa-Fleur Thom. Starts at 7.30pm at Great Missenden Parish Church. For details visit www.gmcsonline.co.uk

Cziffra piano trio will perform works from Brahms and Mendelssohn at the church of St Mary the Virgin in Weston Turville. Starts at 7.30pm. Tickets are £10, under 18’s are free.

Theatre

Kiss Me Kate, Cole Porters’ musical retelling of the Taming of the Shrew. This is the updated revival version from 1999 which has great pace and lots of laughs. Runs until Saturday at The Elgiva Theatre in Chesham. For more details visit www.elgiva.com

Why not visit?

Dogwatch family day out in Winslow. Bring your four-pawed friend and enjoy a dog show, agility displays and help raise awareness for responsible dog ownership. Runs 10am-4pm at the Winslow Centre. Dogwatch is a police initiative, aimed at encouraging dog walkers to be the eyes and ears of the community. For more details search for avdogwatch on Facebook.

Spring fashion show at Friars Square Shopping Centre in Aylesbury from 12pm-3pm. Professional catwalk showing the latest spring and summer fashions.

Craft fair from 10am-2pm at St Mary’s Church in Aylesbury.

Watch 20 classic cars embark on a 100 mile rally for beginners through the Chiltern Hills and Aylesbury Vale. Organised by The Historic Rally Car Register club for the Thames Valley, the rally starts at the Magnolia Park Sports & Social Club in Wycombe. For more details visit www.hrcr.co.uk

Haddenham Junior School Spring Party from 8pm to raise money for the PTA. For details visit facebook.com/occasionals

Nearly new sale of nursery equipment, baby clothes, shoes, toys, books, puzzles and much more for children aged up to seven. Runs 10am-2pm at the Holy Trinity Church in Walton Street, Aylesbury.

Why not try?

Enjoy a 60-minute introduction to Flamenco dancing workshop for beginners or dance enthusiasts at Aylesbury Waterside Theatre, Starts at 11am. More details via www.atgtickets.com/aylesbury Stage shows at 2.30pm and 7pm.

RAF Halton sprint triathlon in aid of Iain Rennie Hospice from 11am. Entrants must swim 10 laps of a 30m pool, complete a 21k cycle road race and run 5k. Entry is £20. For more details visit www.irhh.org

Jazzerthon to raise money for a bowel cancer scanner at Stoke Mandeville Hospital. It will be a fun-filled four hours of aerobics, dance and dressing up at Thame Football Club in Meadow View Park. For details email barbara@pedrosa.freeserve.co.uk

Talk

Bucks Pottery and Sculpture Society will meet at Little Kingshill Village Hall from 7.30pm for a brief AGM. Afterwards there will be a talk by sculptor Stathis Dimitriadis from 8pm on exploring the borderline between the known and unknown, expected and unexpected. For more details visit www.stathis-dimitriadis.com

Talk by Terry Walton, BBC Radio 2 gardening expert, about growing vegetables. Talks takes place at 11am and 2pm at the nurseries and country shop in Preston Bissett near Buckingham. For more details visit www.thenurseries.com

Quiz

Quiz evening at the Lion pub in Waddesdon with raffles, games, prizes and a small trophy for the winners. Proceeds will go towards an outdoor canopy for Little Oaks pre-school. Starts at 7.30pm. Entry is £5 per person.

Chearsley Village Hall will host a quiz in aid of the Florence Nightingale Hospice. Now in its third year and team sizes are a maximum of eight people. Starts at 7.15pm and entry is £5 per person. For more details visit www.fnhospice.org.uk

SUNDAY

Why not visit?

Handmade and vintage fair in Wing Village Hall from 11am-3pm. The fair will promote handmade products direct from the maker and vintage sellers who ‘upcycle’ furniture, clothing and china.

Wedding fair at Aylesbury College from 11am-3pm. Exhibitors range from florists to photographers. For more details visit www.aylesbury.ac.uk

Exercise

Aylesbury and District Ramblers will walk the second part of the Ashridge Boundary Trail at Ivinghoe Beacon. Meet at the Bridgewater Monument at 10am and bring a packed lunch. For more details visit www.aylesbury-ramblers.org.uk